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April 2011

The rear towstrap was fitted along with a Velcro strap to hold it in place.

rear towstrap
rear towstrap

The horn fitted to the Coupé is rather quiet, so I replaced the existing one with a compact air horn, this will need the bracket painting and a little requiring to fit a relay to the horn push.

new horn
new horn

As well as celebrating Mother's day, I managed to fit the painted bracket and wire up the relay for the horn, this was required, due to the current the new horns takes, being too much for the column switch.
The wires on Pins 86 and 85 were the existing horn wires, a link was made between pins 86 and 30, then a output was taken from pin 87 to the horn compressor, then a wire from the compressor to earth/ground.

horn wiring
horn wiring diagram
horn bracket
horn on bracket

While using the coupé, I have always noticed that the door was fitting badly at the bottom, any attempts to adjust the hinges didn't help, so I decided to remove the door catch and move it inwards slightly. The holding screws didn't want to be removed, so they were drilled out. Once done it revealed that the original builder had a problem getting them lined up, with the nearside having two sets of elongated holes, and the offside having three. These were filled and new holes made, these were backed up with large "repair" washers, just incase the holes had weakened the area. Once on the door now fit a lot better.

door gap
door gap
b pillar holes
b pillar holes
gap removed
better fit

Due to the fact I need to do some work on the Impreza, the Coupé was swapped onto the trailer. It means for the next week or so, it will be difficult to use it. However it means I can access underneath and check for rust, then underseal it.

trailer
on trailer

The annual Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) drive it day was a week early this year, due to the timing of Easter. This event commemorates the Thousand mile trial in 1900. This event is a chance for people to show their cars on the road on a nice scenic drive and for many it is the first event of the year.
This year the route started at the Beach front in Aberdeen, headed out the South Deeside road to the Royal Deeside Railway center at Crathes, then over to Castle Fraser.
The run was well supported with about 100 cars making the trip.

drive it day
Start at Aberdeen Beach
drive it day
Milton of Crathes
drive it day
Castle Fraser
drive it day
Castle Fraser

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